- Tell your server you want to skip the straw as you place your order – and explain why!
- Use refillable water bottles.
- Take your own reusable containers for restaurant leftovers.
- Always refuse single-use plastic bags.
- Recycle thin film plastic at local grocery stores.
Gas-powered leaf blowers create serious air and noise pollution. Learn more here. Rakes and brooms are the best alternative but cleaner, quieter electric blowers are also an option. You can help Wilmette enforce the gas-powered leaf blower restrictions by:
- reminding the crew that they are not allowed
- handing the crew this bi-lingual flyer
- taking a photo of the truck including company name and license and emailing the photo with date and time to email@example.com
- calling 847/853-7521 to report the infraction
- making sure your own yard crew never uses them
Those convenient food pouches cannot be recycled and are contributing to our global plastic nightmare. Whenever possible, just say no to plastic! Learn more here.
There are lots of ways to improve your gas mileage but the easiest thing to remember is to never, ever idle. Turn your car off even if you will be stopped for only 30 seconds. Drivers checking phones with the car running has increased idling exponentially. Make sure you and your family members don’t make this costly mistake. Learn more about idling.
Good news – the vote in favor of the ban was unanimous! Your calls and emails made a difference. Be sure to thank your Wilmette Vilage Trustees when you see them Sunday at Going Green Matters.
Plastic bags, including newspaper sleeves and dry cleaning bags, may be recycled at local grocery stores all year round. Do not put any plastic bags in your recycling bin. They are NOT recyclable through our regular recycling service. Also, do not put your recyclables in plastic bags before adding them to your bin. The recyclables may be perceived as garbage and be trashed rather than recycled. (See complete list of types of bags on next page)
Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which equates to approximately one million extra tons of trash per week. For great tips on reducing the amount of waste generated during the holiday season from entertaining, sending cards, giving gifts, and decorating, check out SWANCC’s holiday waste guidelines list from SWANCC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County)
One of the best ways to raise a child who is environmentally aware is to raise a child who loves to be in the outdoors. Encourage your children to play outside, bike, garden, learn about bugs, birds and bees. [Read more…]
The easiest way to improve your gas milage is to never, ever idle. Remind friends and family members to turn off their cars if they will be stopped for more than 30 seconds. Do not let your car run while checking texts and emails. Don’t waste gas and money by idling!
Paper towels are convenient but they create a lot of waste and , in fact, there are other reasons why paper towels are hard on the environment. Creating paper towels uses energy, causes greenhouse gas emissions, and uses significant amounts of water. [Read more…]
The Park District is partnering with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to create habitat for migrating birds at Gillson Park. We’ll be adding flowering trees and shrubs, wildflowers, and native grasses within many new garden beds. The habitat will create a much-needed refuge for tired birds and many beautiful spaces for us to enjoy.
More than 20 community groups and hundreds of volunteers will be volunteering with the Ouilmette Foundation and Wilmette Park District the weekend of Sept 24-25 to help create habitat for migrating birds at Gillson.
This is a community-wide initiative involving many local groups as volunteers. Go Green Wilmette will be helping to put in thousands of native plants! No experience is necessary, just be willing to work hard and get dirty. Those of you with strength and stamina are especially needed to run a mechanical auger, so look for that option on the sign up page.
The entire Wilmette Community is invited to help this project come to life!We have thousands of plants to get into the ground, and many hands make short work. Come get your hands dirty, and help create something wonderful.
All garden beds are sponsored by local community groups who invite you to join them for one of the planting shifts.
Saturday, September 24th or Sunday, September 25th
Morning 9:00 to 12:00 or Afternoon 1:00 to 4:00
To help, click here , find the time and community group that you would like to work with and sign up.
Disposable coffee cups are not recyclable and our coffee habits are creating lots of unnecessary waste. Coffee frequently used to be served, and sometimes still is, in cups made of polystyrene. Most customers have become aware of the environmental problem due to polystyrene since it does not decompose and most coffee shops now serve their coffee in disposable paper cups. The problem is that these disposable paper cups have a plastic coating, this means that they also end up in a landfill. In addition, the paper making process requires the felling of trees and the use of a significant amount of water. On top of that, these paper cups often have plastic tops and cardboard sleeves which contribute to the waste. Whenever we use a product which can only be used once, we are contributing significantly to the unnecessary use of our natural resources and the excessiveness of our waste. One small thing that we all could do to help the health of our planet is to ask for or bring a reusable mug for our coffee. This little inconvenience to us could put a dent in the millions of paper cups that end up in landfills every year.